In 1955, the subpoena within the Emmett Until case was discovered; household seeks arrest

Stockstill, who certified the warranty as genuine, said: “They narrowed it down to between the 50s and 60s and they were lucky.

The search team includes members of the Emmett Till Heritage Foundation and two of Till’s relatives: cousin Deborah Watts, who heads the organization; and her daughter, Teri Watts. Relatives want authorities to use an arrest warrant for Donham, who at the time of the murder was married to one of two white men to be tried and acquitted just weeks after Till was abducted from a relative’s home. , was killed and thrown into the river.

“Serve it and charge her,” Teri Watts told the AP in an interview.

Keith Beauchamp, whose documentary “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till” preceded a new Justice Department investigation that ended without charge in 2007, is also part of the search. He said there was enough new evidence to prosecute Donham.

Donham began the case in August 1955 by accusing 14-year-old Till of making improper advances at a family store in Money, Mississippi. A cousin of Till’s there said Till whistled at the woman, an act that went against Mississippi’s racist social norms of the time.

Evidence suggests that a woman, possibly Donham, identified Till with the people who later killed him. A warrant for Donham’s arrest was announced at the time, but the Leflore County sheriff told reporters he didn’t want to “disturb” the woman because she had two young children to take care of.

Now in her 80s and most recently living in North Carolina, Donham has not publicly commented on calls for her prosecution. But Teri Watts said Till’s family believes the kidnapping subpoena is new evidence.

“This is something Mississippi needs to get ahead of,” she said.

District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, whose office will prosecute a case, declined to comment on the order but cited a December report on the Till case from the Justice Department, which said there was no possibility of a prosecution.

Contacted by the AP on Wednesday, Leflore County Sheriff Ricky Banks said: “This is the first time I’m aware of a subpoena.”

Banks, 7 years old when Till was killed, said “nothing was said about the subpoena” when a former district attorney investigated the case five or six years ago.

“I will see if I can get a copy of the order and contact the DA and get their opinion on it,” Banks said. If the order can still be served, Banks said, he will have to speak to law enforcement officers in the state where Donham resides.

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